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Unit Overview


This unit introduces electromagnetic waves and their application in electrical engineering. The topics covered are: Motivation for studying electromagnetics including resolving electromagnetic interference and compatibility issues. Transmission lines. Electrostatics. Magnetostatics. Electromagnetics of circuits. Maxwells equations. Boundary conditions. Antennas and electromagnetic wave radiation. Plane wave propagation in media. Reflection and transmission at material interfaces. Metal waveguides, dielectric waveguides.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 4 core unit in the Electrical and Electronic Engineering major sequence

Students are able to (1) describe static electric and magnetic fields, including boundary conditions, potential functions and energy storage.; (2) explain the fundamentals of transmission lines from both electromagnetic and circuit theory perspectives.; (3) discuss fields and potentials in circuits and model magnetic coupling between circuits; (4) apply Maxwell's equations to the generation of radiation by dipoles and antennas and develop models for these elements.; (5) employ vector calculus to predict the propagation of plane waves in media, including reflection and transmission at interfaces; (6) practice numerical electromagnetic simulations to aid in the design and understanding of metallic, dielectric and optical waveguides; and (7) Describe the health and safety issues relating to electromagnetic radiation exposure from radio to optical frequencies.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) labs and quizzes; (2) assignment; and (3) final exam. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Martin Hill
Unit rules
MATH3023 Advanced Mathematics Applications (ID 6149)
and PHYS2003 Physics for Electrical Engineers (ID 7947)
and ELEC3021 Circuits and Electronics (ID 8033)
and Enrolment in
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or an associated Combined Degree
Contact hours
Lectures: 3 hours per week
Practical classes 2 hours per week, Laboratories: 8 hours per semester
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